Gary Pettis was named the Astros third base coach on Oct. 17, 2014. In addition to his third base coach responsibilities, Pettis is the club's outfield and baserunning instructor. Under Pettis, the 2015 Astros led the AL with 121 steals, including a league-leading 38 steals by Jose Altuve.
Prior to joining the Astros, Pettis spent eight seasons (2007-14) on the Major League coaching staff of the Texas Rangers. He spent his last two seasons (2013-14) with the Rangers as their third base coach after spending six seasons (2007-12) as the club's first base coach. Over those eight years, Pettis also served as the club's outfield and baserunning instructor.
Pettis also served on the Major League staffs of the New York Mets (2003-04) and Chicago White Sox (2001-02) as first base and outfield coach. Pettis began his coaching career as a roving minor league instructor in the Angels (1995) and White Sox (1997-2000) organizations, and later had a two-year stint as Milwaukee's Triple A hitting instructor from 2005-06.
The former outfielder was a five-time Gold Glove winner during his 14-year Major League career with the California Angels (1982-87), Detroit Tigers (1988-89, 1992), Texas Rangers (1990-91) and San Diego Padres (1992). He amassed 354 career steals and stole at least 40 bases five times during his career, which included a pair of 50-steal seasons. His Gold Gloves came in 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1990, which made him the fifth player in Major League history to win a Gold Glove with three different teams.
Pettis makes his offseason home in San Clemente, Calif., with his wife Peggy. The couple have two daughters, Paige and Shaye, and two sons, Kyler and Dante. Dante is a junior wide receiver at the University of Washington, where he was named a 2015 Second-Team All-American by the Sporting News and a 2015 Second-Team Academic All-Pac12 honoree. Kyler is an actor, who appeared on the television soap opera Days of Our Lives in 2015.